This Friday, Disney+ will release all five seasons of The Muppet Show in the U.S. Since it premiered in fall 1976, the entire run of producer/puppeteer Jim Henson’s crowning achievement has never been widely available in any format. (Disney has not yet confirmed if the streaming release includes all 120 episodes as originally aired, without any songs or segments cut.)
It’s a comedy variety show over four decades old – so what’s the big deal? Guest host Josh Shepherd speaks with two team members at top Muppets fan site ToughPigs.com: editor Ryan Roe coming from New York City, and contributor Anthony Strand in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Together, they discuss pressing questions regarding the streaming release of The Muppet Show, such as:
What is one episode of The Muppet Show that made you laugh as never before?
Should folks skip season one at first? Or even skip around to whoever is a favorite guest star?
Who are some of the biggest guest stars not to miss? (Spoiler: Johnny Cash, Pearl Bailey, just about all of them)
For parents of young kids, are there certain edgier episodes that they may want to preview?
Why should Disney+ subscribers give The Muppet Show a chance?
Be sure to check out in-depth Muppets articles and podcasts available at ToughPigs.com, including a review of every single episode of The Muppet Show. Their current podcast Movin’ Right Along is available everywhere you get podcasts.
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Freelance journalist Josh M. Shepherd covers culture and entertainment for several media outlets, including articles on Disney Plus, the surprising impact of Mary Poppins and Disney nostalgia. A graduate of the University of Colorado, Josh and his wife live in the Washington, D.C. area with their son.